Durban - Although the Sharks suffered their first defeat of this year’s Currie Cup campaign against Western Province at Newlands on Saturday, going down 34-27, the good news is there are no additions to the current injury list in the camp.
While other unions have been left reeling with key players ruled out for lengthy periods after the weekend’s round of matches, the Sharks still have the usual suspects on their injury list. These are Cobus Reinach, Coenie Oosthuizen, Daniel du Preez, Patrick Lambie, Stephan Lewies and Tera Mthembu, but the good news is Pat Lambie resuming modified field training on Monday.
Lambie has been sidelined since taking a harsh knock in the first Test against Ireland earlier this year, his concussion a touch more serious than originally thought. He has been out of action since and as recently as last week, Sharks coach Robert du Preez was himself in the dark as to if and when Lambie would be returning, saying he had not been training with the squad.
However, life in the Sharks camp has gone on and the young team have done admirably in the Currie Cup campaign to date, suffering that one loss to Province and still ahead on the overall log.
Although Lambie has done some mild training, it has not been said whether he will be available for selection or even if he will be considered. At this stage, it looks as though the Sharks will be keen to just have him ease back into proceedings without any expectations or pressure, ensuring he is in sound shape ahead of next season’s Super Rugby season. With Inny Radebe at flyhalf and Curwin Bosch at fullback, the Sharks have found talented and capable replacements who are gaining in confidence every week.
Reinach is on track with his recovery from an ACL injury and is only expected to return in February next year, while Oosthuizen is still nursing a thumb ligament tear and big toe capsule tear, which will keep him on the sidelines for up to eight weeks.
Du Preez’s groin injury is on the mend as he resumed field training as well yesterday but he is still unavailable for selection. Lewies has resumed training after a hamstring strain while Mthembu’s MCL strain sees him out of action for at least six weeks.
With the Cheetahs in Durban this weekend, coach Du Preez will want his strongest army available as he endeavours to get back to winning ways.